The Center for Investigative Reporting CIR created a short video explaining the true costs of our oil dependency by following a single gallon of gasoline refined and consumed in California. According to the video, this single gallon of gasoline emits 25 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and a single driver in the United States creates about 10, pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year. In order to absorb this pollution, each driver would need an acre of forest. To absorb the pollution generated by all of the drivers in the U. To calculate the amount of pollution generated from gasoline, CIR considered every step in the consumption process, including the extraction of crude oil from the ground and the evaporation of toxic chemicals, like benzene, when you undo the gas cap or lift the nozzle.
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